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LOWVILLE — Another person who tested positive for the novel coronavirus which causes COVID-19 was reported in Lewis County on Thursday morning.

According to the county Public Health Director Ashley Waite, the person had contact with someone outside of the county who tested positive for the virus.

This is the second positive result this week, bringing the total to 22 since the county had its first positive test results on March 28.

In the weekly county press conference, Mrs. Waite said the person whose test result came back positive on Sunday night is an employee in the Lewis County Health System who showed no symptoms. They were tested as part of the systematic testing of all healthcare workers that has now been completed.

An additional test was requested by Health System Chief Executive Officer Gerald R. Cayer, which showed a negative result.

As with the four county nursing home staff members that came back with two negative results after testing positive over the weekend, Mr. Cayer believes these five staff members were “false positives.” 

From a public health perspective, all asymptomatic people that test positive, despite the negative test results, are to be isolated for 14 days as a precaution.

Public Health is now in the process of testing essential workers around the county.

A total of 1,489 people in the county have been tested with 1,430 negative results and 37 results still pending. 

There are 79 people under quarantine and eight who tested positive remain isolated. Fourteen of the 22 people who have tested positive in the county have recovered.

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